Tag Archives: Weird

Antarctic creatures found on Niwa trip | Stuff.co.nz

By Olivia Wannan | May 8, 2015 NIWA Programme Leader Richard O’Driscoll lead a trip to Antarctica to discover what lives at the bottom of the Southern Ocean. Many Weird, wonderful and potentially never-before-seen marine creatures were the souvenirs of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research’s latest trip to Antarctica. Among the bizarre-looking species is a snailfish, fish researcher Darren Stevens. “They look like a giant tadpole, these gelatinous, really …

Creepy but Gorgeous New Species in L.A.’s Backyards | L.A. Weekly

… expect there are 40,000 to 50,000” types of phorid flies in Los Angeles. Put in perspective, there are only about 4,000 currently described phorids, while known vertebrates (reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, mammals) number about 64,000. “If you look at an insect with the naked eye, it’s a dot,” says Lisa Gonzalez, BioSCAN assistant collections manager and lifelong L.A. bug nut. “But they’re all beautiful, with all kinds of Weird extensions.” To …

This Jay Is Evolving in a Very, Very Weird Way | WIRED

… specialized bill shapes. Yet the two varieties of island scrub jay (they haven’t technically speciated—yet) live on the same tiny island. If they wanted to meet each other for a brunch of acorns and/or pine nuts and perhaps later some mating, they could just fly right over. This is very, very Weird. It’s an affront to a sacred tenet of evolution you probably learned in school: Isolation drives speciation. Well, speciation can also come about in a broadly distributed population, with …